The Western and Midwestern USA should be able to see a total lunar eclipse this Saturday morning. The rest of the USA will likely see only a partial lunar eclipse as the moon drops below the horizon before the total eclipse occurs.
For more information on the eclipse, check out the folloing resources:
Lunar Eclipse Schedule (Saturday, April 4)
|Event||UTC Time||Pacific Time||Eastern Time|
|Penumbral Eclipse begins||9:01 AM||2:01 AM||5:01 AM|
|Partial Eclipse begins||10:15 AM||3:15 AM||6:15 AM|
|Full Eclipse begins||11:57 AM||4:57 AM||7:57 AM|
|Maximum Eclipse||12:00 Noon||5:00 AM||8:00 AM|
|Full Eclipse ends||12:02 PM||5:02 AM||8:02 AM|
|Partial Eclipse ends||1:44 PM||6:44 AM||9:44 AM|
|Penumbral Eclipse ends||2:59 PM||7:59 AM||10:59 AM|
This is one of the most comprehensive overviews of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II that I've seen. It's definitely a good reference if you're considering stepping up from a Rebel or xxD series camera. For even more detail on this highly capable camera, check out Bryan's full review.
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
Step up to a Canon EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR - designed to meet the demands of photographers and videographers who want to cover a wide range of artistic opportunities – from sports to wildlife and everything in between, and find the quality you've been looking for.
SuperStore & Offices
B&H is closed from 7:00pm EDT on Thursday, April 2 through Saturday, April 11. We will reopen on Sunday, April 12 at 10:00am EDT.
Online ordering is unavailable from April 3 at 7:15pm EDT through April 5 at 8:45pm EDT, and from April 9 at 7:15pm EDT, through April 11 at 8:45pm EDT.
Orders placed by Thursday, April 2 before 12:00pm EDT are processed before the Passover closing. Orders placed after this time are processed when we reopen.
The balance of the standardized test results (distortion, flare and vignetting) along with measurements and product images (standard and eye candy) have been added to the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens review page.
Note that the first image quality link in my last Sigma 24 Art post inadvertently showed results for the 7D Mark II instead of the full frame 1Ds Mark III. If you didn't catch that, check the Image quality results again.
As I said in the last post, my goal is to complete this review within a week. Stay tuned.
Triggertrap Timelapse Pro is an advanced companion app to the hugely successful Triggertrap Mobile App, offering flexible and powerful modular timelapse creation to iOS users for just £3.99.
Retaining the same user friendly format and beautiful design that has made Triggertrap Mobile such a hit with photographers, Timelapse Pro inspires timelapse photographers to create stunning images, customisable to their specific needs and situation. The app enables users to create timelapse sequences composed of so-called ‘Intervalometer’ and ‘Delay’ modules. These modules can be configured, mixed and matched. Several modules can be added to each timelapse sequence. Users can reorder and delete modules as they please, adding even more flexibility to their sequence. Photographers can also create and save as many timelapse sequences as they like, giving the option to save favourite settings for different scenarios.
Timelapse Pro takes all this power and enables photographers to dig even deeper into the fascinating world of timelapse. The app has been created in response to the needs of Triggertrap’s community of timelapse photographers, and the intrepid team of Triggertrap developers will continue to add features that fill the gaps in the timelapse photographer’s toolkit. Put simply: Timelapse Pro enables photographers to take epic, complex timelapses in an uncomplicated fashion.
Timelapse Pro is available to buy in the App Store from today for just £3.99 ($4.99). Users combine the app with a Triggertrap Mobile kit to use the app with their camera, expanding the photographer’s existing camera gear on to a world of new timelapse options.
Check out our Triggertap Mobile Dongle Review for more information.
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
"Ever since the Speedlite 600EX-RT was introduced a couple of years ago, my [author Eric Stoner's] life as a portrait artist changed forever. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my Speedlite 580EXII! But, the amount of additional control and reliability that the Speedlite 600EX-RT offers is, in a word, superior!See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
'Speedliting,' for many people, can be a scary proposition especially using E-TTL Automatic flash. One reason, and it’s a good one, is that you never really know how much power the flash is outputting. Does one really NEED to know that information? I’m sure for some of you that the answer is 'yes' and I understand it, but I’m a results kind of guy! I know that these Speedlites work very well and I trust them!"
From the Samyang Optics Facebook Page:
With immense focus and unparalleled features, #SamyangOptics will introduce the latest product. Stay tuned.
TOKYO, March 30, 2015 — Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ) today announced that it filed its annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2014, with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on March 27, 2015. The annual report on Form 20-F, which contains the Company's complete audited financial statements, can be accessed from the Company's website at:
The Company will also provide a hard copy of its complete audited financial statements free of charge to all shareholders upon request.
To facilitate this, Canon provides an online request form that can be accessed from the Company's website at:
From the Canon Professional Network:
"Canon Explorer Fernando Guerra originally qualified as an architect, but went on to combine this training with his love of photography, to become one of the world’s foremost architectural photographers. The new EOS 5DS DSLR – with its extraordinary 50.6 Megapixel sensor – is the perfect tool for people in Fernando’s line of work, as well as for landscape and studio photographers. So when Canon invited him to put a pre-production model of the camera through its paces, he was only too happy to accept. Once his test run was over, CPN caught up with Fernando to get his first impressions..."See the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
Looking for a shoulder bag or backpack for your EOS M or compact DSLR camera system, one that can also hold a tablet or laptop?
Think Tank Photo has just released the Urban Approach 15 backpack, the first backpack designed specifically to hold a complete mirrorless or compact DSLR camera, as well as a 15” laptop, up to a 10” tablet, smart phone, and extra space for gear and personal items. The Urban Approach 5 shoulder bag holds one medium to large mirrorless or compact DSLR body with lens attached, one to three additional lenses, and an 8” tablet. The Urban Approach 10 shoulder bag holds one medium to large Mirrorless body or compact DSLR with lens attached, two to four additional lenses, and up to a 10” tablet.
And don’t forget that with our special arrangement with Think Tank, when you place an order for $50 or more you will automatically be able to receive a Think Tank item for free!
I am a member of the waiting-for-the-24-Art-Lens club. I have been very anxious to see what level of performance this lens would turn in. Though the chart used in the image quality test is tough on a lens' performance, it mirrors what I am seeing in real world results. While I am not amazed by this lens' wide open performance, it is at least as good as the FAR-more-expensive Canon 24mm f/1.4L II and it is razor sharp when stopped down slightly.
Here are some comparisons:
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art vs. Canon 24mm f/1.4L II Lens
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art vs. Canon 24mm f/2.8 IS Lens
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art vs. EF-S Canon 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art vs. Nikon 24mm f/1.4G Lens (different camera systems)
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art vs. Sigma 24mm f/1.4 EX Lens
I hope to have this full review completed in the next week or so. Stay tuned.
There was a small flock of royal terns on the Captiva, Florida beach just north of Blind Pass and Sanibel Island. It would have been easy to stand and capture distant photos of the flock resting in the sand, but I was looking for something better. By lying down in the sand and moving forward slowly, the beautiful birds allowed me to get quite close without showing any signs of stress. So close that I had to zoom out somewhat to get the framing I selected for the bird in this photo.
That the 100-400 L II focuses so closely is a big benefit when the subject is small and you want to fill the frame with it or a portion of it. The close focusing is also useful in situations such as this one – when I got too close. As I said, there was a flock of birds and I was photographing various birds as their positions and behaviors warranted my attention.
A low shooting position often has the benefit of a clean background (the sky in this case) and provides a nice angle on most small birds and animals located on the ground. To make shooting while lying flat in the sand easier, I utilized a NatureScapes Skimmer Ground Pod II. To help darken the sky in the background, I used a circular polarizer filter.
Early and late in the day sunlight often provides the best lighting for bird photography, but nice images can be made at other times of the day. This royal tern photo was taken at 11:44 AM. At this time of the day, the sun is near its highest point, making shadows harsh and the color temperature of the light cool. By carefully timing the shutter release, I was able to catch bird positions that minimized shadows (especially on its head) and that included a catchlight in the eye. Sunlight reflecting on sand also helps minimize shadows (though not as well as the snow that was on the ground at home on that date does).
With a white bird in full sunlight and under a cloudless sky, the exposure decision was easy. Lock in manual mode settings that included a shutter speed fast enough to stop any movement present (there was lots of action happening), an aperture that provided adequate depth of field and an ISO setting that caused the brightest areas of the photo to be *just* below blown (pure white) in brightness.
The 7D Mark II and 100-400 L II performed extremely well on this trip. The alert among you will notice that the reported full size pixel dimensions for this image are larger than those native from the 7D Mark II. I framed this bird tight to the top of the frame and used Photoshop's content aware fill to extend the canvas, creating more sky in the final image. This tactic created a modestly higher resolution image overall. Another option for increasing resolution would have been to capture a similarly-focused second frame with more upward angle, taking in much more sky for later stitching to the bird image.
I spent hours focusing on these birds and will try to share some additional images when I get time.
TOKYO, March 26, 2015—Canon Inc. announced today that the Company's interchangeable-lens digital cameras (digital SLR and compact-system cameras) have maintained the No.1 share worldwide in terms of volume within the interchangeable-lens digital camera market for the 12-year period spanning 2003 to 2014.1
Canon develops the key components, namely the CMOS image sensors, image processors and interchangeable lenses, employed in its interchangeable-lens cameras. The most advanced of these technologies are incorporated across the Company's entire product lineup, spanning from professional-use flagship cameras to entry-level models, enabling the Company to maintain the top global share by offering a robust product lineup that effectively responds to the needs of a wide range of users.
In 2003, the dawn of digital SLR cameras, Canon introduced its breakthrough EOS Kiss Digital (EOS Digital Rebel or EOS 300D Digital in other regions). This groundbreaking camera, which featured a compact, lightweight design and was offered at a competitive price, set the stage for growth in the digital SLR market and enabled the Company to capture the top share of the global market. Since that time, Canon has continued to launch epoch-making new products, including the EOS-1D series of digital SLR cameras targeting professional users, and the EOS 5D series, which paved the way for digital SLR video recording thanks to its full-frame sensor employing a video-capture function.
In October 2014, targeting advanced-amateur users, Canon launched the EOS 7D Mark II, which has garnered high acclaim from the market for its fast continuous shooting speed of 10 frames per second and superior autofocus performance. It is thanks to Canon's impressive camera lineup, including the EOS 7D Mark II, that the Company has maintained the No. 1 share in the market for 12 years running. Furthermore, in April 2014, Canon celebrated an impressive lens-manufacturing milestone with the production of its 100 millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for EOS cameras. The Company's extensive EF lens-series lineup, which currently comprises a total of 97 models,2 is one of Canon's biggest strengths, helping the EOS series to realize a wide spectrum of imaging possibilities and rich visual expression.
Aiming to further strengthen its wide product lineup, Canon introduced five new camera models in February of this year. The new lineup comprises the EOS 5DS and 5DS R, which achieve the world's highest pixel count among 35 mm full-frame sensor digital SLR cameras,3 the EOS 8000D (EOS Rebel T6s or 760D) and EOS Kiss X8i (EOS Rebel T6i or 750D in other regions) entry-level digital SLR cameras, and the EOS M3 digital compact-system camera, which achieves greatly enhanced AF performance.
Just 12 steps to better SEO!
When it comes to Search Engine Optimization, the most important question you can ask yourself is: how can I improve my SEO so my photography business is easily found online? The SEO Guide for Photographers, re-released with the newest, most relevant information answers this question and gives a lay person’s low down on the oft-misunderstood world of search engines. This Guide will help you gain a better understanding of Google Analytics, become familiar with SEO lingo, and help you understand why you’re not topping the search list on Google.
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – March 24, 2015 – X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, today announce an important update to its popular i1iSis Solutions family of automated chart readers for prepress/premedia, photo and pressroom color management and profiling. The new i1iSis 2 and i1iSis 2 XL use i1 spectral technology to accommodate M0, M1 and M2 measurement illumination conditions which help manage the complexities of measuring optically brightened substrates now commonly used in grand format, premedia and digital press applications.
“For anyone in prepress, digital print or the graphic arts production process that spend time measuring charts, the new i1iSis2 is a must,” said Ray Cheydleur, Printing and Imaging Portfolio Manager of X-Rite. “This automated chart reader, is built on our award-winning i1 spectral technology and reads up to 2,500 patches printed on a single A3 page in just minutes, saving valuable operator and production time. Now users have the ability to capture M0, M1 and M2 in a single chart measurement cycle.”
The i1iSis 2 integrates seamlessly into a user’s workflow and is available in two models:
The X-Rite i1iSis 2 and i1iSis 2 XL come with built-in vision systems that offer high tolerance for how charts are aligned as they are fed into the system, automatically correcting for misalignment. Barcode reading for chart identification adds further ease of use and error reduction.
With the i1iSis 2 and i1iSis 2 XL, users are able to:
The i1iSis 2 and i1iSis 2 XL are XRGA compliant. The X-Rite Graphic Arts Standard (XRGA), an X-Rite calibration standard for graphic arts instruments, includes new advances in color technology and changes required to meet ISO-13655. As XRGA-compliant instruments, the i1iSis 2 and i1iSis 2 XL ensure high quality data exchange and workflows in environments where different instrumentation is used.
For more information about the X-Rite i1 Solutions for Color Management, visit http://www.xrite.com/i1isis-2-automated-chart-readers.
To upgrade to the latest version of the i1iSis 2 automated chart reader, please visit http://www.xrite.com/i1isis-2-loyalty-promo.
Note: I realize this is a second generation product, but I can't help thinking X-rite missed a good opportunity to change the product's name from "iSis" to something less relevant on today's political landscape. [Sean]
To say that this is an awesome lens seems like an understatement.
From the Paul C. Buff Website:
"With great sadness we announce that our founder, Paul C. Buff, passed away this week at the age of 78. He has been living with his beloved wife of 16 years, Deborah, and their extended family in their secondary home in Mobile, Alabama for over a year and passed away in this home with his family around him. Those of us who have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Paul have lost an invaluable mentor, an inspiring leader, and a treasured friend. The world has lost one of its most creative and adventurous pioneers.We wish to convey our sincerest condolences to the Paul C. Buff family, his coworkers and friends.
In the coming weeks, we will celebrate Paul’s unique and extraordinary life, giving customers, employees, and friends the opportunity to share their tributes and memories. But first, we must take time to pause and grieve the loss of a man who had such a great impact on us all. If you wish to offer condolences in the mean time, we invite you to email them to CelebratingPaul@paulcbuff.com.
For years, it has been our mission to advance Paul C. Buff, Inc. in the spirit of innovation and originality upon which it was founded. With gratitude for everything that Paul has taught us, we honor his memory by continuing to serve our customers with the outstanding products, support, and Golden Rule standards that he initiated."
When it comes to macros, I generally like to get as much magnification as possible. This means I'm usually shooting at minimum focus distance so my tiny subjects fill the frame.
The Canon macro lens that would give me the highest native magnification – the MP-E 65mm 1-5x Macro lens – is not part of my current kit. As such, I wanted to see just how much magnification I could get out of the gear I already had available to me, namely the EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro, a set of Kenko Extension Tubes and a Kenko 1.4x Teleplus PRO 300 DGX Teleconverter.
As for the subject, I took Bryan's advice and bought some roses at a local florist. Sure enough, the flowers worked well for my test. But better yet, my girlfriend loved them. So if you're ever looking for a good macro subject, keep this in mind – your significant other will likely appreciate any excuse you have to buy more flowers.
For lighting I used one camera-mounted Canon Speedlite 580EX set to ETTL mode and diffused by a RoundFlash Magnetic Ringflash Adapter. While I knew the Roundflash would produce a rather flat look to the image, I was curious to see how the reflections of the ring light would show up in the water droplets. As you can see, it created a relatively interesting and not too unflattering reflection. However, I'm sure it's a matter of taste.
The tripod-mounted EOS 5D Mark III's camera settings were f/10, 1/200 sec and ISO 200 - 800 (depending on the shot).
This first example shows the central part of the rose using the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro's minimum focus distance.
For aesthetic purposes with this particular subject, I would usually just stop right there. I don't believe getting more magnification out of this subject will improve the image, but for the purpose of this test I wanted see just how much magnification I could get out of the equipment I had at hand. Consequently, I added all three Kenko extension tubes (12 + 20 + 36).
The extension tubes reduced the minimum focus distance thereby increasing magnification with the consequence of losing infinity focus. That's not a problem, of course, as we're utilizing the opposite focus extreme. The following image shows the difference that the extension tubes make.
The central part of the rose is now considerably larger in the frame. Keep in mind, though, as our minimum focus distance decreases, so does our depth-of-field. At this point, depth-of-field is already very limited even at f/10.
For the final image, I mounted the Kenko 1.4x teleconverter behind the lens and then mounted lens/teleconverter in front of the extension tubes.
As you can see, the addition of extension tubes and the teleconverter have had a huge effect on how much magnification we can get out of the macro lens. The combination is a little cumbersome to work with, so using a tripod is highly recommended (if not completely necessary) if you are wishing to try this for yourself.
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
Need a perfect project for a weekend crafting session? Create a customized photo candle that will be sure to light up any room in your home!
"ZEISS has been producing camera lenses for more than a century – and the tradition of creating major innovations has continued to this very day. For example, the current ZEISS Otus SLR lenses are setting new standards in image quality. The first camera lenses left the Jena production facility on 21 March 1890."Check out the entire article to learn more about the history of ZEISS camera lenses.
To find out more about currently produced ZEISS lenses, check out Bryan's ZEISS lens reviews.
If you want one of these cameras in your hands when June rolls around, preordering now will help ensure you receive one of the first available units.
Reminder: The ultra-high resolution Canon 5Ds and 5Ds R will be available for preorder at midnight tonight. We expect this camera to be in high demand – preordering at midnight will be the best way to ensure your camera arrives ASAP when shipping begins in June.
Please keep us in mind tonight. This site depends on support received from purchases you make using the links on our site. Please to navigate to B&H using our links when preordering:
UK Preorder Links (already live)
From the Canon Europe YouTube Channel:
David Noton, Canon Explorer, is an award-winning landscape and travel photographer. He shares his experience of working with the new Canon EOS 5DS - an ultra high resolution full frame DSLR.
B&H will have the Canon EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R available for preorder on Monday.
This is an incredible lens, perhaps the best field sports lens made. The price, though very significantly lower than at its introduction, remains a limiting factor.